China Umbrella Museum

China Umbrella Museum, Hangzhou: Address, China Umbrella Museum Reviews: 4/5

China Umbrella Museum
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JeremyAzzopardi2007
Malta125 contributions
Foreigners Effectively Barred from Entry
Jun 2021 • Family
We wanted to come and visit this museum as part of a three day trip to Hangzhou, but encountered issues when entering. Purchasing tickets is done digitally through scanning a QR code and requires you to enter your passport number (身份证 for Chinese nationals/permanent residency). Foreign passports are not usually kept in most local databases and so when entering my passport number it said “identity not recognized”. There is no other way to purchase tickets at this museum and thus this system effectively prevents most foreign nationals from entering. Very disappointed and complex system to buy tickets.
Written July 24, 2021
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lpaustian
Tenafly, NJ241 contributions
Quirky and interesting
Jan 2020 • Business
Beautiful presentation of an unusual subject. Good way to spend an hour or so. Nice quality umbrellas in shop. No entrance fee. The displays of umbrellas from different provinces and regions are the best
Written January 11, 2020
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JamieNYC
Clearwater, FL2,045 contributions
Interesting - If you're at all into umbrellas
May 2019 • Couples
My wife wanted to see this museum while we were visiting the Grand Canal/Gongchen Bridge tourist site. The Umbrella Museum is one of about a half dozen museums at the site.

My wife was more interested than I was but I give the museum credit: It is a fine museum if you are at all interested in umbrellas.
Written May 19, 2019
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Ralpo Stankic
Hangzhou, China472 contributions
very interesting
Sep 2017 • Family
the umbrella is an important accessory for Chinese and plays an important decor in chinese lifestyle. this museum introduces a nice historical walk around this item and I believe my family enjoyed the visit a lot
Written August 15, 2018
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Ann K
Seattle, WA56 contributions
Fascinating
May 2017 • Business
Who knew umbrellas could be so interesting! Well done. Also visit the other museums in the complex and the nearby Grand Canal Museum.
Written June 16, 2017
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autumncs
Singapore, Singapore748 contributions
First museum specializing on umbrellas in China
Aug 2016 • Solo
This museum is one of the several museums in the Gongchen Bridge district along the Grand Canal. It showcases the history and culture of umbrellas around the world, especially in China, and is the first museum specializing on umbrellas in China. The museum is located in the same compound with the China knives, swords and scissors museum, and Hangzhou Arts and Crafts Museum. Admission is free for all these museums and there is air-conditioning.

English captions are limited, but you don't really need to understand Chinese to appreciate the beauty of the umbrellas on display, and the amount of effort needed to produce each umbrella by hand. The museum itself may take 1 hour or less, but the surrounding area around the museum is very charming, thanks to the elegant Gongchen Bridge and the Grand Canal (UNESCO world heritage site). The numerous museums and heritage streets in the vicinity can easily take you one whole day.

To reach the museum, take a ferry from Wulinmen pier (north of Wulin Square metro station) to Gongchenqiao pier. (Operation: between 7am and 6pm, Frequency: 25-30 minutes, Price: 3 yuan) From the pier, cross the bridge to the historical west district, turn left and walk parallel to the canal (through the heritage street), and follow the signs.
Written August 28, 2016
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Bob155042
Saskatoon, Canada86 contributions
Interesting
Mar 2016 • Solo
Very good information about the Umbrella some niece pieces of old history about the umbrella. There are other history places in the same building can buy famous Chinese scissors.
Written May 25, 2016
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Kevin C
26 contributions
Best in the museum complex
Sep 2015 • Friends
The museum is part of a complex on the North side of Hangzhou and worth a visit when walking the Grand Canal. There is a series of 7 buildings that make up this museum complex area that used to be industrial type warehouses. In the complex is a museum for fans, umbrellas, as well as swords, knives, and scissors. What may seem like an oddly mixed mash-up of items actually made for a nice afternoon. There is also an exhibition hall with people demonstrating a lot of the work that goes into making some of these "traditional handy crafts". There is minimal descriptions in English but enough to get the point to most of the exhibits.
Written September 13, 2015
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Alexandra L
Petaling Jaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia134 contributions
Fascinating.. .umbrella history and works
May 2015 • Friends
Transport: Bus 591, get down 运河广场. Walk across the plaza or park, take water transport @ 拱宸桥 RMB 3, get down at 信义坊 stop. I have attached the schedule for you guys... plan yr time wisely.

Not much visitors or even tour groups, probably it is quite far. But we all love the museum. It explain every single details of the umbrella making process.. even display of other country umbrellas ie. England, Egypt and etc, and telling us when they will be use ... as umbrella does pay an important role in certain local cultures. Bring alone yr kids... they will love it.

TIPS:
1) Always go back to the same drop down port if u want to take water bus to return to where u come from. We have been misleading by the locals as most of them take land transport only.
2) All the restaurants has a long break from 2pm to 5pm. Beware of this.
Written June 23, 2015
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